Victorians treated their jewels with highly personalized details for the sake of romance and remembrance. With its distinctive serpentine motif and hairwork band, this bracelet is most likely a piece of mourning jewelry. It's predominantly comprised of human hair, a favored and prominent component of nineteenth century memorial jewelry. Using the locks of loved ones both alive and deceased, Victorian jewelers incorporated plaited strands into metal fittings to create a wearable tribute to family members and friends. The ouroboros motif - symbolizing eternal love and rebirth - is finished with a snake's head and tail set with turquoise and rose cut garnets. The hairwork is in excellent condition. As a material, hair is both durable and flexible, but it's slightly coarse to the touch.
10k gold (tests), turquoise cabochons, 2 2mm rose cut garnets, hair
7" inner circumference, 3" safety chain
1837 — 1901
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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.
Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.